Agile and ID: No more satellite teams

Most companies are somewhere on the path to Agile development; some may be just starting out, while others are are seasoned practitioners of Agile methodologies. But most teams, regardless of where they are on the Agile path, don’t really know what to do with the information development team. How do they fit in to Agile? Is it even possible?

Not only is it possible, but it’s vital for the information development team to be included as fully-fledged members of any Agile development organization, rather than functioning as a satellite team; orbiting the main body of development and test.

In my presentation, I will cover the basics of why you should switch to Agile and how an ID team fits in to these processes. I will include real-life examples and specific processes that teams can immediately adopt to improve their Agile experience.

What can the audience expect to learn?

Being an information developer can be frustrating. You often write to outdated design documents, don’t get to see the UI until it’s already been implemented, and are frequently an afterthought for developers. I have attended several multi-day agile training courses and not one of them mentioned ID a single time.

Over the years, I have tried many different ways of implementing agile and have finally found some practices that work. I believe that these practices will benefit any ID team, whether you adopt all of our methods or only a few.

Meet the presenter

I have Bachelor’s degrees in math and speech communication and a Master’s degree in applied mathematics. I have been a technical writer at IBM for 18 years and have been practicing Agile for the past 7 years. I have worked as a writer, team lead, and agile champion; usually all three at once. My writing experience includes writing books, help, Knowledge Center topics, blogs, and messages.

I have worked with a wide range of Agile teams; from a new, small co-located team that was Agile from the start, to a huge, sprawling, mature team trying to move to Agile.

My current team consists of two writers supporting about 70 developers, testers, and managers, working at 5 different sites across the globe.

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